There are 8 Community neighbourhoods in Newham.

In community neighbourhoods, community lead councillor’s work with volunteers and residents to run activities and events and to make change in the area.

Community Neighbourhoods also deliver the library service from 10 buildings as well as facilitating and running activities and clubs from various community centres in the borough.

Community activties

Community led activities includes:

  • starting up community gardens
  • running fun days and street parties
  • starting up clubs and courses
  • Building residents groups.
Coffee mornings

We hold coffee mornings every month in libraries across the borough.

Come along and get help to:

  • start up a club or course
  • build a new community group
  • develop new skills
  • improve your health and well being
  • make new friends
  • be more involved in your community.

Each coffee morning is themed so you can chat to different groups and find out what support is available locally.

What you can borrow from your local library

You must have a library card to borrow library items.

All of our libraries have new books every week. Come and see us and check out the latest best sellers and quick picks or search for library items online.

You can borrow books for up to three weeks.

You can also borrow audio-visual items such as:

  • Talking books for up to three weeks
  • Music for up to three weeks
  • Films for up to one week
  • Audiobooks and eBooks for up to weeks
Number of items you can borrow at one time

All library users can now borrow up to 25 items each, made up of a mixture books, eBooks, audio books and AV items

Borrowing charges

You must only pay a charge to:

  • Borrow or renew DVDs
  • Reserve books if you don't live in Newham
  • Use the printer or photocopier

However, you may have to pay a fine if you return an item late.

Library computers and the internet

Free computer and internet access is available in all our libraries to library members. All you need is a Newham library card and PIN.

We have an easy to use booking and printing system and staff to help you, if you need it.

We charge 20 pence for each sheet you print in black and white

Free Wi-Fi

We offer free Wi-Fi at all our libraries.

You can use it from when the libraries open. All you need is a Newham library card and PIN.

Join the library online

You can apply to join the library online through the London Libraries website.

After you apply, you will need to go to Newham library branch to activate your membership and collect your library card. You will need to take your confirmation number and one form of ID that shows your name and current address with you. This can be:

  • Your full British driver's license
  • A council tax bill
  • A utility bill from last months

You can also join the library in person at any one of our library branches.

Make sure you take one form of ID with you.

SiLL Project (Start-ups in London Libraries)

The SiLL Project is a three year project designed to support people from all walks of life to turn their business idea into a reality. Led by Newham Libraries, the project capitalises on existing public library infrastructure and resources by establishing a coordinated network of business support through public libraries across ten London boroughs.

We are supporting Newham's hardworking and ambitious entrepreneurs. If you have family or friends that are taking their first steps into entrepreneurship or looking to make their existing business stronger and more sustainable, the SiLL Project can help. The programme is free to join.

SiLL includes:

  • Regular Workshops where you can learn from industry experts about what it takes to start or grow a business. Workshop topics can include intellectual property and patents, marketing and branding, financial management, knowing your customers and how to build your business model.
  • One-to-one support with Newham SiLL Start-ups Champion Rashed Belal. There will be the opportunity to further explore subjects discussed in the workshop, carry out in-depth market research, and/or set a plan to obtain additional training via the British Library's vast resources. There will also be access to the British Library's business advisers.
  • A variety of resources available to boost professional development, such as networking, building a brand and access to helpful online content (webinars, business sound bites, webcasts and interviews).


To benefit from the SiLL project you must

  • Either have an idea for a business start-up but not yet registered with companies house or;
  • Have a small or medium sized enterprise registered but have been trading for less than 12 months

To find out more about the programme and for referrals please contact or call 020 3373 4536


Last updated: 01/09/2021

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